Change ringing is a style of church bell ringing started in England around the end of the sixteenth century. Because of constraints imposed by the physics of swinging bells, tunes are not played. Instead, the bells are rung in ever changing patterns to a steady rhythm. Change ringing, while an obscure art, remains as widely practiced today as at any time in the past, and continues to evolve. The largest concentration of interest remains in England, which is home to over 95% of the world's bells hung for change ringing, with many of the remainder in other parts of the UK. However, there are small pockets in other parts of the world, mostly former British colonies, including Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, the United States, and Zimbabwe. The past few decades have seen an increase in interest, with the number of towers outside the UK roughly doubling since about 1960. This category is for sites having to do with any aspect of change ringing.
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Abel Bell Ringing Simulator
Software simulating ringers to allow individual practice without a band.
Beltower Bell Ringing Software
Multi-functional software for change ringing, incorporating a bell ringing simulator, method, touch and peal printing, editing, composer and prover.
Change Ringing Resources
Links to sites for compositions, education, methods, peals, people, and organizations for bellingers, articles and collections of compositions.
Commercial Recordings
Manufacturer of church music recordings whose catalog includes a few recordings of change ringing.
Handbell Recordings
Downloadable excerpts from recordings of handbell peals.
Peal Database
Details of peals rung since 1987.
The Ringing World
The official journal of the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers. News, gossip and useful information about bell-ringing.
Varied resources for change ringers, including peal and quarter-peal composition collections and indexes, and the Felstead peal records.
Devices to detect the position of a swinging bell for use with software or hardware simulators.
Steve Noyes
Guide to the towers on the Isle of Wight, each with history, bell description, and contacts, together with practice nights, Sunday ringing and district information. Also offering a book on learning Grandsire Doubles as their first method, compositions and a shareware software for ringing applications.
Young Bell Ringers Cycling Tour
An annual cycling tour of selected bell towers in England (varies each year). Includes tour reports and photos from recent years.
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